Science without Borders - Students and Post Docs

Brazilian graduate students and potential post-doctoral candidates, who are living in Brazil, are eligible to apply for Science without Borders (SWB) scholarships administered by CNPq and CAPES to pursue any of the following at the University of Saskatchewan:

SWB Scholarship Program

SWB Student Eligibility

  • A complete doctoral degree program, lasting up to 4 years

Students must hold either a strictu sensu master’s degree from a Brazilian university or other qualification making them eligible to begin a doctoral program.

  • Up to a 12-month “sandwich year” of doctoral research.

Potential joint students, or sandwich program students, should be currently enrolled as doctoral candidates in Brazil.

  • Postdoctoral research of 6 to 24 months’ duration

Those interested in postdoctoral research at the University of Saskatchewan should have completed their PhD in Brazil at the time of application.

Scholarship and postdoctoral funding is restricted to the following broad fields of study:

Minerals Technology

Biotechnology

Engineering

Aerospace Technology

Oil, Gas & Coal

Bio-prospecting and Biodiversity

New Technologies Construction Engineering

Creative Industry

Renewable Energy

Marine Sciences

Nanotechnology and New Materials

Computing and Information Technology

Chemistry, Biology and Geosciences

Sustainable Agricultural Production

Practical Technologies

Pharmaceuticals

Physical Sciences: Math and Physics

Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health Sciences

Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters

 

U of S Admission

All applicants to a doctoral program, or to a joint student / sandwich program, must meet the minimum admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR).

The English proficiency levels required by SWB for Brazilian students to be eligible for their scholarship is lower than those required by the CGSR. For admission into a graduate program, either as a PhD applicant or a sandwich/joint student, the student must meet the CGSR English requirement before beginning their graduate studies at the U of S.

Find a Program

Interested Brazilian students and potential postdoctoral candidates are being encouraged to use the Find a Program page on the CGSR website and to contact the  program of interest and potential faculty supervisor directly. Information for students is posted at For Brazilian Students.

Applying to the U of S

PhD applicants, Sandwich/Joint students and postdoctoral fellows are required to have an offer, which could be conditional or unconditional depending on the circumstances, before their scholarship from the SWB will be approved.

Students should identify themselves as a SWB applicant to the Graduate Secretary of their chosen program, and to grad.recruitment@usask.ca at the time of application. This will assist us to identify these applications early and to provide the necessary supporting documentation and a timely decision so that the student’s scholarship application to SWB is not jeopardized.

1)      Applications for PhD program admission
  • The student must complete a formal application online. Step-by-Step Apply.
  • The Faculty supervisor must provide the student with a copy of their C.V. and with a written description of the research area, proposed activities, study plan and timelines. These two documents are required as part of the student’s application to SWB for their scholarship.
  • The unit must make a conditional recommendation to admit, pending completion of master’s degree and official transcripts (if applicable), proof of English proficiency (if applicable), and/or certification of scholarship award from SWB.
  • The CGSR will issue the offer of admission letter, including the conditions as specified in the Unit’s recommendation to admit the student.

PhD Full Program Applicant

Funding & Deadlines

Student can receive up to 48 months of full funding.

Funding provided by SWB is for two-way airfare, tuition and school fees, insurance, and living expenses. 

Students can apply to SWB at any time - continuous open call for applications.

CAPES advises it will take 90 to 120 days to review applications and notify the student. Students should submit a completed application as early as possible.

For a September 1st start at the U of S

Students should apply to the Unit in the preceding fall.
Units should make a recommendation to admit to CGSR by November 20th.
CGSR should issue the offer letter by December 10th.
Students must submit their documents to SWB by December 20th.  

2)      Applications for sandwich/joint student admission
  • SWB scholarships for sandwich/joint students are open only to Brazilian students who have completed one year of their PhD program in Brazil.
  • The student must complete a formal application to the U of S by following the instructions provided at Joint Student / Sandwich Program. This is a non-degree student application which is a paper process, and it may take more time than the online process for a regular admission.
  • The Faculty supervisor must be a researcher in one of the SWB program priority areas doing work relevant to the student’s doctoral thesis field. He/she must provide the student with a copy of their C.V. and with a written description of the proposed research activities and timelines. These two documents are required as part of the student’s application to SWB for their scholarship.
  • The U of S faculty supervisor is expected to work in cooperation with the Brazilian faculty supervisor to co-supervise the student.
  • The unit must make a conditional recommendation to admit, pending the student being awarded the SWB scholarship, to the CGSR.
  • The CGSR will issue a conditional offer of admission, pending final approval of SWB funding, to the student for inclusion with thier scholarhsip application.
  • Upon receiving notification of the SWB award, the unit must notify the CGSR that the condition has been met, and the CGSR will remove the registration hold in Banner.  

Sandwich/Joint Student

Funding & Deadlines

Students are eligible for between three to twelve months study time at UofS .

Funding provided by SWB is for two-way air fair, health insurance, installation costs, and living expenses.

Students can apply to SWB at any time - continuous open call for applications.

CAPES advises it will take 90 to 120 days to review applications and notify the student. Students should submit a completed application as early as possible.

Students are being advised to apply to the U of S at least seven months prior to their anticipated start date. 

The student should confirm with the unit what the SWB deadline is for them to submit the completed application for their anticipated start date. These will vary throughout the year.  

For a September 1st start at the U of S Students should apply to the Unit in the preceding fall.
For a January 1st start at the U of S Students should apply to the Unit in the preceding spring.
Units should make a recommendation to admit to CGSR by April 30th. 
CGSR should issue the offer letter by May 10th. 
Students should submit their documents to SWB by May 31st.
3)      Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • SWB scholarships for postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) require the applicant has a completed PhD at the time of application.
  • The candidate must submit a letter of proposal and a copy of their C.V. to the individual faculty member with whom they wish to work. Potential applicants have been invited to contact Ms. Le Li in the International Research Office if they require assistance in identifying a potential U of S faculty researcher. 
  • The UofS faculty member must be a researcher in one of the SWB program priority areas and have a recognized competence in the field.
  • The UofS faculty member must provide the post-doc applicant with a copy of their C.V. and a summary of the proposed research project, activities and timelines.
  • He/she must also provide the post-doc applicant with a letter of offer, conditional on the candidate being successful in their bid for a SWB Postdoctoral Fellowship. The letter of offer template available on the CGSR website can be modified for this purpose. The letter of offer should stipulate the minimum funding levels required for postdoctoral fellow's salary at the U of S. Policy stipulates this must be no less than $31,500, however, some units have higher funding minimums. 
  • The candidate must submit these three documents to SWB as part of their application for the SWB fellowship.  
  • After notification from the candidate that they have been awarded the SWB Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Unit must have the candidate complete and sign the intellectual property agreement required by the University for all postdoctoral fellow appointments.
  • The unit must follow the Procedures for Applying to Register PDF and forward to the CGSR the candidates c.v., proof of fellowship and funding level from SWB, a copy of the conditional letter of offer, the signed Intellectual Property Agreement and the completed and signed Post-Doctoral Registration Form.
  • The CGSR will review the documentation and confirm the appointment. 

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Funding & Deadlines

Fellowships are for 6 to 24 months, with 24 months being the most common.

Funding provided by SWB is for two-way air fair, health insurance, and living expenses. U of S policy requires that Postdoctoral fellows are paid a minimum of $31,500 CDN.

Students can apply to SWB at any time - continuous open call for applications.

But, SWB has fixed adjudication dates. PDF applicants must submit a completed application prior to a specified date, if they wish to have a funding decision in time to start in a particular term.

PDF start date: Between  Jun 1 to Sep 30, 2013 

Candidate must apply to SWB by Jan 31st
SWB funding decision by: Apr 13th

PDF start date between October 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014 

Candidate must apply to SWB by May 31, 2013

SWB Scholarship Notes & Timelines

Students and PDF candidates are responsible for their own applications for a Science without Borders scholarship. Details are available in Portuguese at Science without Borders website.

For PhD and sandwich/joint student applicants, they must submit a letter of offer from the UofS as part of their application process to SWB. See specific requirements for each above.

For assistance or questions with individual applications please contact the CGSR program consultant for your unit, or, grad.recruitment@usask.ca.